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2019: UPU, Igbuya differ on Okowa’s endorsement

By Emma Amaize

ASABA—URHOBO Progress Union, UPU, umbrella group of the Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State and Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya, an Urhobo son, have disagreed on the blanket endorsement of the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for the 2019 governorship election.


The differences emerged on Wednesday when the President General, Interim Executive of UPU, Chief Gabriel Ofotokun, led other members on a courtesy visit to the Speaker, in Asaba.

Okowa is from Delta North (Anioma) senatorial district while Urhobo is in Delta Central senatorial district.

Igbuya, sanctioned along with other politicians in the past by a previous UPU leadership for canvassing for Anioma governor in the person of Okowa, restated his now famous second term for Okowa when the UPU team visited and urged them to endorse Okowa for 2019.

Ofotokun nullified the purported sanction against Igbuya and others, last year.

However, the UPU leader counteracted Igbuya’s position, saying, “Whoever is going to take over from Okowa must be an Urhobo.”


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